Auckland GAA. Presidents report from the 1st week of the Season


Our 1st weekend of GAA games started with a whimper as we had to cancel our games yesterday due to adverse weather and underfoot conditions. The re-scheduling of these games will be announced officially today or tomorrow via Social Media.

 

Our season starts on Wednesday, 28th September at 7pm Seddon Fields with last year Championship winners Harps taking on the Championship winners from 2014 St Pats Emerald City in Ladies Football.

 

Wednesday also sees the start of what will hopefully be a beautiful friendship, where we have our first training session for Junior Football. If anyone is interested in taking the sport up for the first time, or if there are a few out there who think they can still kick a ball but would rather miss the rigour and toil of Senior Football and would prefer the social aspect of Junior Football, please feel free to come along. Our first of three Junior Football blitzes starts this Sunday 2nd October at Seddon Fields. It will be a 7 a side competition with no restriction on participation. So far, we have only heard from Men’s Football, but the offer is open to Ladies to come along as well. We will announce the official details later on in the week, so keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

 

Thursday night sees the Men’s Senior Football scream into action with St Pats Emerald City taking on last year’s Championship winners Harps at 7pm.

 

On Sunday, 2nd October sees our first Sunday at Seddon Fields, starting at 11am with last years’ League Champions Celtic kicking off the defence of their title against St Pats Emerald City in Men’s Football. The Celtic Ladies start the defence of their title at 12:15 when they also take on St Pats Emerald City. At 1:30pm, last years Championship Finalists Harps and Marist Rangers renew rivalries in Men’s Football and at 2:45pm, last year’s Championship Finalists in Ladies Football re-commence battle with Marist Rangers also taking on Harps.

 

We are fully aware that the All Ireland Football Final Replay will be taking place at 5:00am NZ time, which will mean an early start for those interested. We recommend the following link https://gaago.rte.ie/ to book the game and watch it from the comfort of your own home. With the timing, it is unlikely that any pub will be showing the game live however, we will investigate what the options are. With our full schedule of games, and particularly with the advent of Junior Football, we intend on having our physical focus in Seddon Fields on 2nd October. We are keen to offer support pre-Sunday should the Auckland Irish Society wish to discuss the possibility of showing the game at a later time than 5am for Patrons who may be interested. We are investigating the possibility of showing a replay of the game on Sunday at Seddon Fields but this will be dependent on whether this is acceptable to Western Springs AFC, whose support we are continually grateful.

 

We’d like to highlight also that Geraldine Tew will be starting the GAA Kids’ Club on 16th October at the Auckland Irish Society through to 11th December and again from about the 12th February through to 18th March. We are currently looking at 11 o’clock to 12 o’clock.

 

If anybody is keen to receive our communications, please forward your email address to Bronagh at secretaryaucklandgaa@gmail.com

 

We look forward to seeing all of you this year. We continue our aim of building Comradeship, Competition and Community.

 

Mise le Meas,

 

Sean Riordan Uachtarain

 

Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Auckland

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